Riemenschneider Bach Institute

 
RBI Library Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday, 2 p.m. -5 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Closed Friday
(440) 826-2044
bachinst@bw.edu

Bust of Karl Riemenschneider in RBI Library

Riemenschneider Bach Institute Library

The Institute houses a collection of items unique to Bach and his circle; it also holds classic vocal recordings.

In October 1968, Baldwin Wallace University began a project which culminated in September 1969, with the opening of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The Bach Institute houses the well-known Riemenschneider Bach Library, a unique collection of Bach-oriented books, manuscripts, archival materials, and scores, includes rare items such as the Emmy Martin Collection of first-edition scores; the Riemenschneider Graduate Library Collection; the Hans T. David Collection of books, manuscripts, archival items, and scores (including a number of first-edition scores);  the opera-oriented Tom Villella collection of phonodiscs, books, archival materials, and memorabilia and the Albert and Helen Borowitz Recording Collection (2007). The library also holds a collection of Cleveland Orchestra programs (1902-1974). Currently, the total Bach Institute "volume count" exceeds the 20,000 mark.

A List of Some Rare Items Held by the Riemenschneider Bach Institute 

Links to CONTENTdm copies of rare items in the RBI

Visiting scholars share what it's like to do research in the RBI.

Among recent acquisitions, the Bach Institute now lists newly added microfiche collections, such as the Olearius Biblische Erklärung from the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Other collections are listed below.

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Baldwin Wallace University LIBRARY CATALOG (includes some holdings of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute)

SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 1

SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 2 [use diacritical marks suggested above]

SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 3

SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 5

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SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 7

SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 9

SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 10

SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG, NO. 28

To date, the Riemenschneider Bach Institute has brought to press annotated editions of five Bach exemplars in the R.B.I. collection of editions published or readied for press during the composer's lifetime and its three Bach-autograph and Bach-circle manuscripts.

In addition to opening the library collection for the use of Baldwin Wallace University, the local community, and Riemenschneider Bach Institute members during the school year, the Riemenschneider Bach Institute also extends non-circulating library privileges (with necessary restrictions placed upon certain rare materials) to scholars, performers, and students worldwide.

The Riemenschneider Bach Institute serves as a research center for Bach and Baroque performance and publication, sponsors regularly scheduled concerts and lectures, and also publishes a journal, BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The Riemenschneider Bach Institute's initial Symposium-Concert Series was held in February 1970. Annual Symposium-Concerts featuring performers and lecturers of local, national, and international note have been presented regularly since that time. These events are free and open to the public.

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